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CCSNJ Primary Election Day Recap

Legislative Updates

On June 6, New Jersey held primary elections for several state, county, and local races.

In the Third Legislative District Senate Republican primary, incumbent Senator Ed Durr won the race against his former running mate, Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer. In the Assembly Republican Primary, Senator Durr's running mates, Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick and Hopewell Councilman Tom Tedesco defeated Joseph Collins Jr., the nephew of former Assembly Speaker Jack Collins.

On the Democratic ticket in the Third Legislative District, former Assemblyman John Burzichelli won the Senate nomination against Mario De Santis, a teacher from Glassboro. His running mates David Bailey and Gloucester County Deputy Commissioner Director Heather Simmons defeated Robert Fitzpatrick and Tanzi Youngblood for the Assembly Democratic nomination.

In the Fourth Legislative District Senate Republican Primary, Former Washington Township Councilman Christopher Del Borrell defeated Gloucester County Commissioner Nick DeSilvio. In the Assembly Republican Primary, Amanda Esposito and former Buena Councilman Matthew Walker defeated Michael Clark and Denise Gonzalez, as well as John Keating.

There was no Democratic Primary for the Fourth Legislative District. Assemblyman Paul Moriarty is running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Fred Madden. Earlier this year, six-term Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera announced she would also not be running for reelection, allowing for Gloucester Township Councilman Dan Hutchinson of Blackwood and Monroe school board member Cody Miller of Williamstown to run for Assembly along side of Moriarty.

On the county level, Democratic Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. and Commissioner Jonathan Young both won with ease after being challenged by anti-Camden County Democratic organization candidates. In Gloucester County, the off-the-line Republican candidates not supported by the county organization won: former Harrison Committeeman Adam Wingate, Franklin Committeewoman Heather Flaim and East Greenwich Committeeman James Philbin.

At the local level, Mayor Vic Carstarphen’s slate of City Council candidates won in Camden. They include former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (1st Ward), Councilman Christopher Collins (2nd Ward), Falio Leyba-Martinez (3rd Ward), and Jannette Ramos (4th Ward).

In Atlantic City, several council races remain uncalled, with all six ward seats up this year. In the races for the 2nd and 4th Wards, mail in ballots will likely make a difference as they are still to be accepted until June 12 if they are postmarked by June 6. Councilwoman LaToya Dunston, who ran off the county line, now closely trails financial services company owner Viana "Vivi" Bailey. Incumbent 4th ward Democratic Councilman MD Hossain Morshed, who is facing federal criminal charges and ran off the county line, narrowly trails George "Animal" Crouch.

In the 3rd Ward, Council Vice President Kaleem Shabazz has a wide lead over his challenger, Nashir SheikIn the 5th Ward, incumbent Councilman Muhammad "Anjum" Zia has a commanding lead over his challenger, Rizwan Khan Malik. The 6th Ward, the only one without a Democratic incumbent, building contractor Geoffrey Dorsey comfortably leads restauranteur John C. Exadaktilos'. Running unopposed in Ward 1 was incumbent City Council President Aaron "Sporty" Randolph.

Outside of South Jersey, the 27th Legislative District featured one of the only competitive Democratic Primary races with Senator Dick Codey facing Senator Nia Gill, a race set up between two longtime incumbents due to redistricting. Senator Dick Codey won the nomination and since no Republicans entered the race, he will go on to reelection in November.

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